Part of aging is the process of our bodies undergoing changes and often don’t function the way they once did. No where is this more noticeable than in the changes we experience in our vision. Most can be easily dealt with through corrective lenses or routine procedures. There are some age related conditions that are more serious and can severely impact a person’s quality of life.
What can you expect
After the age of 40 most everyone will experience presbyopia which is simply being unable to see as clearly. This is a natural process and there is no way for a person to prevent it from happening. The first indication may be holding a newspaper at arm’s length to see better or a computer monitor appearing blurry. Generally a pair of “readers“ from a rack at the drugstore without a prescription will solve the issue.
Cataracts can be age related however not everyone will develop them in their lifetime. Characterized by a clouding of the lense of the eye there are steps you can take to prevent cataracts.
Conditions of the eyes such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are a much more serious issue. As a leading cause of blindness among seniors macular degeneration can greatly affect a person’s quality of life.These conditions have a more positive outcome if caught and dealt with early.
When it comes to your eyes and age related visions problems there are changes you can make to avoid some of these conditions. Developing and leading an active, healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and regular exercise will keep your eyes healthy. Along with a healthier lifestyle detecting vision problems early before they become a larger issue is key. As part of maintaining healthy eyes, remember to book an annual eye exam for a comprehensive eye exam with an Calgary Optometrist. Contact us today to book an appointment.